The announcement of the 2012 Childrens' and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, the 2012 Cybils Awards, includes the following winners, among others: Fiction Picture Books: A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead, Nonfiction Picture Books: Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet; Easy Readers: A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva; Fantasy & Science Fiction: The False Prince, Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen; Middle Grade Fiction: Wonder by R. J. Palacio; and Nonfiction Books: Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. For more categories and winners, see the 2012 Cybils Awards site.
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) released its 2013 Outstanding International Books List, which includes more than three dozen books, including Isabella's Garden by Australian author Glenda Millard and Australian illustrator Rebecca Cool. There are books in the following categories: Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Learn more by reading School Library Journal, 2/5/13.
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has developed a list of recommended illustrated books for Black History Month. The annotated list includes fiction and nonfiction. One of the books on the list is Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.
(Cover art courtesy of Roaring Brook Press)